Head of Capitol Security Review Says All 15,000 Congressional Employees Need Background Checks Just Three Days After Last Attack That Killed A Police Officer
- House speaker Nancy Pelosi brought in Honore to conduct a security investigation after the January 6 riot
- Safety was back in the foreground after Friday’s events
- Capitol Police Officer William Evans died after ramming into a barricade
- Another officer was injured
- Honore said all Capitol personnel should undergo a background check
Retired Lieutenant General Russel Honore, who headed a Capitol security investigation at the request of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is calling on all Capitol employees to undergo background checks following the shooting there Friday.
Honore drew attention to the safety recommendation after a man rammed through a Capitol barricade, murdered Officer William Evans and wounded another Capitol police officer.
“We recommended that everyone who enters the Capitol conduct background checks. The entire convention staff – all of them – should get background checks, is what we recommended, ” Honore told CNN Monday morning.
Retired Lieutenant General Russel Honore says full convention personnel must undergo background checks following an incident on Friday in which a man raided a Capitol barricade and killed a Capitol policeman.
He denied having any knowledge of Republican lawmakers who allegedly led the night before the January 6 MAGA riot, as some Democratic lawmakers reported, but underlined the need to watch Hill executives for any security threats.
‘I don’t know about the incident you’re talking about. But we do think that everyone who goes into the Capitol and worked there should have full background checks and we need to improve the ability to process people with vestibules outside of the actual Capitol so that people can be quickly screened and use the best of technology … and process them safely in the Capitol, ”he said.
Members of federal agencies undergo routine background checks, as do White House staff and even reporters who are given certain passes to cover the White House.
His comments come after he told CNBC on Friday in the wake of the attack, where police shot and killed the alleged attacker, who jumped at officers while wielding a knife, according to Capitol Police.
Authorities clean scene after man rammed into car against two cops at Capitol Hill barricade in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021
There are more than 15,000 conference staff
“Any time of the day, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the Capitol could be under attack, and it could be domestic, it could be foreign,” he said.
Some House Republicans have advocated tearing down physical fences around the Capitol and removing National Guard brought in after the riot, and some have gone after Honore for his comments, saying there were “ complicit actions ” by the Capitol riot of January 6. .
Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), The Senate Committee’s top Republican on Sunday, argued against permanent fencing that would encircle the entire Capitol complex, which is located in a neighborhood and busy part of Washington.
Capitol Police Officer William Evans was murdered at a security barricade on Friday
“I think it would be a mistake if fencing is a permanent part of the Capitol,” he said on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday. He said there were barriers ‘there when the car passed through’.
Honore raised a recommendation from his safety rating. It concluded: “Mandating background checks for ID card holders and more widely deploying card readers across the complex would reduce insider risks and increase the security of all members, staff and legislative personnel,” he said .
The idea was likely a backlash from some Republicans.
Rep. Rodney Davis, the top Republican on the House Administration Committee, took a swipe at the idea and told CNN after the security review, They still haven’t told me what an internal threat is within the Capitol. And I think it takes precious resources away from our brave Capitol Police operatives who need a break. They should be able to go to their families, ”Davis (R-Ill.) Said last month.
According to Congressional Research Service reports, there were 9,420 House staff in 2016 and 5,723 Senate employees in 2020. Not all assistants work in Washington.